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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Allahu Akbar!

The Abu Sayyaf bandits think that by chanting their mantra, Allahu Akbar! ("God is Great"), they could make Allah complicit with their crimes.  But their life of brigandage and terrorism is incongruous to the character of Allah as described in the hymnic Sura entitled, "The Opening," which is equated with the "Lord's Prayer" in the Christian religion:


The Opening


In the name of God


the Compassionate the Caring


Praise be to God


lord sustainer of the worlds


the Compassionate the Caring


master of the day of reckoning


To you we turn to worship


and to you we turn in time of need


Guide us along the road straight


the road of those to whom you are giving


not those with anger upon them


not those who have lost the way.



- Source: Michael Sells, trans., Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations (Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 1999), 42-43.

- Recommended Website: http://www.jihadwatch.org/

3 comments:

Brigid Ari said...

This is the Lord's Prayer.

Princess Bridget said...

I think that the wealth of the British Empire in the 1990s was well made.

scott saboy said...

yup Brigid, it too has the A.C.T.S. of the "Lord's Prayer." thanks for posting your comments (ain't sure though about the reference of your first comment). cheers! :)